A way to make asthma drugs last longer

For many, inhalers are a sort of miracle drug. From gasping for air one minute, to breathing normally the next, patients can experience significant relief after one or two puffs. What few people realize is that these life-saving medicines can actually stop working in the long term, especially in people who use them often and in high doses. Researchers around […]

CPR education in public housing communities may improve cardiac arrest survival

Of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in residential areas of Vienna and Copenhagen from 2016-2021, one-third of those cardiac arrests occurred in public housing communities. That occurrence jumped to more than 60% when including areas surrounding public housing communication, suggesting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) education programs tailored to these communities may be an efficient strategy to train more people to save lives, according to preliminary research […]

Immuno-oncology treatment pre-surgery safe and effective option for localized non-small cell lung cancer

New study data shows that the immuno-oncology drug, atezolizumab (pronounced  a” te zoe liz’ ue mab, marketed as Tecentriq) is a safe and effective treatment for stage IB-IIIB non-small cell lung cancer patients prior to lung cancer surgery, according to a new study led by researchers with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and […]

Deep learning algorithm may streamline lung cancer radiotherapy treatment

Lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide, is targeted with radiation therapy (RT) in nearly one-half of cases. RT planning is a manual, resource-intensive process that can take days to weeks to complete, and even highly trained physicians vary in their determinations of how much tissue to target with radiation. Furthermore, a shortage of radiation-oncology practitioners and clinics worldwide is […]

Simple measures can go a long way to combatting air pollution in schools

Most UK primary schools experience levels of pollution which exceed the safe levels set out by the World Health Organization, yet simple measures can cut outdoor and indoor exposure of toxins by almost half, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Working with a select number of London schools, researchers from Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) investigated whether […]

New treatment could result in more donor lungs

A large amount of lungs donated cannot be used for transplantation. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and Skåne University Hospital have conducted an animal study bringing hope that more donor lungs could be used in the future. The researchers have launched a pilot study to investigate whether the treatment will have the same positive effects on human beings. About […]

Potential long-term treatment for asthma found

A possible way to tackle one of the underlying causes of asthma has been developed by researchers from Aston University and Imperial College London. In tests in mice, the researchers were able to virtually eliminate asthmatic symptoms within two weeks and return their airways to near normal. Just under 5.5 million people in the UK receive treatment for asthma and […]

Exercise training program improves cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with chronic kidney disease

This randomized trial recently published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) found that a 12- month program of in-center aerobic and resistance exercise program improved physical functioning among adults 55 years and older with CKD stages G3b-4 and a high level of medical comorbidities. Among adults ≥55 years with CKD stages G3b-4 and with a high level of co-morbidity, a […]

Smokers and vapers suffer more severe outcomes from COVID-19

People who are smokers or vapers at the time of hospitalization for COVID-19 are more likely than non-smokers/non-vapers to suffer severe complications from their SARS-CoV-2 infection. The findings were published on July 26,2022 in PLOS ONE. “In general, people who smoke or vape tend to have a higher prevalence of other health conditions and risk factors that could play a role […]